The Devil Strikes at Night

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The Devil Strikes at Night
Original German poster
Directed by Robert Siodmak
Produced by Robert Siodmak
Written by Will Berthold (book)
Werner Jörg Lüddecke
Starring Mario Adorf
Claus Holm
Hannes Messemer
Werner Peters
Music by Siegfried Franz
Cinematography Georg Krause
Edited by Walter Boos
Distributed by Gloria
Release date
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
97 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

The Devil Strikes at Night (German: Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam) is a 1957 West German film directed by Robert Siodmak. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[1] and is based on the true story of Bruno Lüdke.

It is the story of a serial killer who murders women during the last year or two of World War II. In one of the crimes a man is arrested who is obviously innocent. An investigator who starts to get a thread which leads to the real killer is frustrated by Nazi authorities who feel that revealing the truth will undermine the people's faith in their supposedly infallible system. The detective story gradually becomes a story about the evils of political propaganda and corruption.


See also


  1. ^ "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-25. 

External links

  • The Devil Strikes at Night on IMDb
  • The Devil Strikes at Night at AllMovie

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